ICYMI: Young Animal Brings The Week’s Most Shocking Return In ‘Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye’ #1
At this point, I'm honestly not sure that we can call anything a shocking return anymore.
In the last few weeks, DC has seen the return of Extraño, the Subway Pirates, KGBeast, and Harold Allnut, and honestly? If you had asked me to pick four of the least likely returns, those would've definitely been on the list.
Now, though, DC has another one in the pages of Gerard Way, Jon Rivera, Michael Avon Oeming, Nick Filardi, and Clem Robins' Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye, on the offchance that Cave Carson himself returning to headline a high-profile title wasn't shocking enough. So in case you missed it... well, read on if you don't mind a spoiler for the issue's last page.
That's right: this book just became a team-up between Cave Carson... and Wild Dog.
For those of you who aren't familiar with him, Wild Dog, created by Max Alan Collins and Terry Beatty, is the vigilante alter-ego of Jack Wheeler, a former college football star turned auto mechanic who rides around in a pickup truck dispensing justice from the barrel of a smoking uzi in on the mean streets of the Quad Cities, Iowa. He does this in disguise, protecting his identity with a hockey mask and a football jersey, and is one of the weirdest obscure DC heroes of the '80s. I love him so much.
To be fair, though, his return in CCHaCE isn't exactly unprecedented. It's actually just one piece of something that's even harder to believe, that the year two thousand and sixteen is somehow playing host to the Wild Dog Renaissance. Not only is he currently featured on this season of TV's Arrow, but sharp-eyed readers may have caught a reference to him in the first issue of the Rebirth era's Green Arrow comic, too.
Still, having him show up here, as the last-page shocker of a comic about Cave Carson, from one of the biggest celebrities in comics? After that, I'm honestly not sure DC could surprise me again next week... unless they somehow manage the return of Slash Maraud, too.